Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out vs. Lakers with left foot soreness

The art of transition defence Danny Green on timing reading and rhythm

The art of transition defence Danny Green on timing reading and rhythm

"You always just stay even-keel when you come in for games", James said. First quarter we just came out sluggish and looked like [we were on] a back-to-back like we got in late.

The Los Angeles Lakers have not gotten off to the best start to the LeBron James era, as the team is multiple games under.500 and are coming off a blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors. He, Ibaka, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet all finished with 17 points each, with Siakam adding 16. Ibaka, who fouled out after just 14 minutes of court time, shot a flawless 8-for-8 from the field just one day after scoring 34 points on 15-for-16 shooting against the Lakers.

After missing the past four games with a wrist injury, Burks provided Utah's only steady source of offense against the Raptors.

After Sunday's outburst, Ibaka is averaging a career-high 18.1 points per game, while his 56.8 percent shooting percentage and 7.6 rebounds per game are the highest totals he has posted in years.

The Raptors raced out to that big first quarter exploiting two things: Brandon Ingram could not keep up with Danny Green as he came off multiple picks, and the Raptors would run a pick-and-pop with JaVale McGee's man setting the pick because he could/would not come out and contest. Favors tipped in a miss, while O'Neale slashed in for two layups and a dunk to get Utah's offense rolling early.

The injury occurred early in the second quarter with the Raptors trailing the Jazz by single digits. Danté Exum scored on a layup, and then Gobert completed a three-point play.

Leonard left the game with 2:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Except the Raptors didn't have their best player either, as Kawhi Leonard also sat out the game with a sore ankle. We need each other. "Defense is one of the things you largely have control over, more so than making shots, that's for sure".

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